Apologies to all comedies and musicals and comedy/musicals coming out this year, but we’ve (probably) seen our Golden Globe winner: “A Star Is Born.” Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for the remake Wednesday, which finds Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper making beautiful music together with a country twist.
Making his directorial debut, Cooper also plays Jackson Maine, a country crooner who takes Ally (Gaga), a struggling artist, under his wing. They fall in love, she becomes a star, while his star wanes. It’s a timeless story. The whiskey-soaked trailer features a de-glammed, brunette Gaga, a super-tan, bearded Cooper, and a ton of catchy new songs. It’s right up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s alley. (Lest we forget, the HFPA already gave Gaga an acting award, for “American Horror Story: Hotel.”)
This is the third remake of the original 1937 film, which starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, both of whom received Oscar nominations. The 1954 musical version also earned Oscar nominations for Judy Garland and James Mason, the former of whom was heavily favored to win but infamously lost to Grace Kelly (“The Country Girl”). The 1976 rock musical iteration starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, for which Streisand won the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen,” shared with Paul Williams. If “A Star Is Born” 4.0 becomes an Oscar player, we can already picture Streisand presenting Best Original Song at the ceremony.
Speaking of Oscars, Cooper could find himself with four nominations for the film: acting, directing, producing and writing. That would double his current haul in one shot; he was previously nominated for Best Actor for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “American Sniper” (2014), Best Supporting Actor for “American Hustle” (2013) and Best Picture for “American Sniper.”